Thanks so much for reviewing our community plans for beautification, safety, accessibility and general quality of life improvements at La Playa Park. We appreciated the support we have received for our past efforts and look forward to the same cooperative partnership in the future. Attached are pictures of the area under consideration as it is now.
HE MUNI LATRINE BLDG and surrounding area at the southeast corner at La Playa and Judah streets.
Bike Racks: Would the pending SFMTA installation of a single bike rack in the NE area bordering the building be redundant and possibly interfere with our plans? As you have seen our plan envisions a larger bike rack in the same area that will accommodate more bicycles and encourage more two-wheel visitors to our neighborhood. ..
Emergency Container Box or (NERT cache box): A Neighborhood Emergency Response Team supply box would fit nicely next to east wall. NERT officials approve of this idea.
News Racks: Moving the old dilapidated news racks to a nearby location in a new green bank rack container is essential to the plan.
Paint the BLDG: A new paint job in a lighter color would brighten up the corner.
Planter Boxes: These would extend length ways from the N. wall and accommodate two benches facing each other with a walk space between them without encumbering walk traffic.
Transit Theme Mural: The mural abutting the boxes will simulate a MUNI train station depot with a ticket booth MUNI operator, Robin Williams (we'll ask him), at the booth doorway in the middle. " La Playa Park Station San Francisco" would be ornately painted above. This would serve as a place for tourist and others to take photos to send home. ..
Disabled Ramp Mosaic: The mosaic spells La Playa Park across the disabled ramp. We have a computer simulation of the rendering that ties in the recreational aspects of bocce ball and surfing with this unique destination.
Two Trees: This greening on the sidewalk could, along with other flowering foliage be placed in planter boxes or replace cement for permeation and runoff prevention. This could then be augmented with driftwood benches like the ones found throughout the neighborhood
The makeover of this corner will anchor the community idenity as a specific area of pride and beauty rather than one of neglect. I believe the effort will bolster the passion and energy exemplified by progress we have made. It will help to improve property values. Making this area a destination of public interest will also improve comercial traffic in the surrounding area. This in turn will encourage investment, further upgrades and hirinig. We can turn this eyesoar into an object that will speak again to San Francisco resilience in the face of severe economic downturn for generations to come.This concept is supported by the head of the local merchants association.
All of the many nieghbors I have talked to agree we should proceed and I have gathered a grant writing team. The San Francisco Parks Trust has tenatively agreed to continue as our fiscal sponsor provided we filter any of our grant applications through them. We have already begun to aquire leads and connections to grant reasouces in the state, city and private areanas. The main catalyst for this will be the city hall go ahead especially from the DPW and the SFMTA with Supervisor Carmen Chu's backing.
What I am requesting here is your responses and actions of support . Please forward this to anyone you deem approriate. I will follow up by contacting them or respond to thier inquiries promptly if need be. Let's get the ball rolling. ~Steve Ward